By Felix Olick And Paul Mutua
Clouds of gloom hung over Mwingi town as thousands of residents, MPs, and Government officials turned up for the requiem service for victims of the grenade and gun attacks in Garissa.
Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka led MPs from Ukambani in the emotional Mass before the victims were later buried in their homes.
Tears flowed freely from the grief-stricken relatives and friends as the ten coffins were lowered from the lorry at the Musila Gardens in Mwingi town, on Tuesday.
The region was the most hit by the July 1 tragedy since out of the 17 people who died, 14 were from Mwingi.
Out of the ten bodies in the caskets donated by the State were those of two children, Mwikali Makau, and Mary Mwende.
They had gone to worship at the African Inland Church when masked gunmen sprayed bullets and hurled grenades at the flock.
And just to ensure the Al Shabaab militia that is blamed for the tragedy is kept at bay, security was heightened at the grounds.
In a rare show of unity, religious leaders from across the faiths sat together to demystify that the attack was a religious fight pitying Muslims and Christians.
However, leaders took the opportunity to criticise the Government for failing to protect Kenyans.
Mwingi South MP David Musila called on Police Commissioner Mathews Iteere to take responsibility for the killings.
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